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304 Tasting Notes

80
drank Beet It by Bluebird Tea Co.
304 tasting notes

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65
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
304 tasting notes

Almost done with the iced tea I made up of this. Really refreshing sliced with soda water, I’m surprised to realise I will actually miss it once it’s gone now! We’ve been through our ups and downs but we’ve made it through.

Preparation
Iced

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65
drank Toasty Nougat by T2
304 tasting notes

Ok, so Toasty Nougat is one for sharing with other teas. I discovered it goes well with the Art of Tea’s NUDI-TEA a couple of weeks ago, and thanks to some Instagram hashtag-trolling I tried it last night with some T2 Cocoa Loco (Orange—I don’t have my straight CL open yet) and a dash of vanilla soy.

Boosting the rating and recommending as a good additional scoop to enhance sweet, creamy and nutty notes in other teas.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65

Today, my first tea from my first Mr. Earl box! Well technically yesterday—I loaded up the timolino with some of this too before hitting the road for the day, but today I’ve got to sit down and get a proper taste for it.

The 85°C steeping note got my curiosity up, because this tea is literally just black leaves + other black leaves + some more black leaves. I did as I was told both yesterday and today but I think with the last scoop I’ve got I’m going to try at just off boiling. I’ll admit that I steeped for longer than advised both times, 3-4mins advertised and I went for around 4-6.

I’m getting lovely black with a touch of maltiness, but not the real grunt of boldness I was expecting from such a name.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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70

A delightful sample from Scheherazade — three Doctor Who teas but I couldn’t resist slipping Molly Hooper in with them. What a fandom squish that was!

My Molly sample got me through two delicious cups this evening, chamomile very present but sweetened just nicely by the cherry. Simple and warm and tasty, a lovely evening treat.

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70
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
304 tasting notes

Ah, I love oolongs. Thanks to ashleyelizabeth for a sample of this! This one is quite similar in taste to the berry oolong of T2’s that I so love. Just enough for one Timolino but thanks to the oolongness I’ll get a couple of steeps out of it at least!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
304 tasting notes

Second steeping of yesterday’s leaves (left them in the timolino) because I will 95% of the time try for a resteep, hehe. Thankfully this is a brew that rewards me, same 70° temperature with a doubled steep time (roughly—I forgot to set my timer) brings out those lovely hay notes and still a hint of citrus too, amazingly. Maybe it’s all in my head? But I’m crushing.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Sipdown of this delightful blend. Perfect with a bit of sugar, SO Turkish delight.

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85
drank Alabaster by Scullery Made
304 tasting notes

I received a bag of this today with my first Monstrositea box… it wasn’t one of the tea samples, but it was a sample in an earlier box I missed out on (I only signed up in time for box #3 onward) and it just sounded so GOOD I had to have it.

I was worried that I’d overhyped it, but I diligently stuck to steeping rules and it’s come out absolutely lovely. Delicate and strangely almost savoury but still sweet and a little like delicious hay. This is a beautiful brew.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Monstrosities?

Memily

Monstrositea.com.au! One of two awesome tea subscriptions available in Australia as of 2014. So exciting for this tea nerd.

Sil

i realised it was likely local to australia after i asked.. BOOOOO..but very exciting for you. I like the look and feel of their site haha

Memily

Haha sorry Sil! We Aussies have to get something down here, we miss out on so much (thanks to Steepster for reminding me so often)…

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Translating my ratings, at a glance:

100 — CRITICAL OBSESSION LEVEL REACHED; CAN YOU MARRY TEA!?
95 — this must always be in my pantry. forever.
90 — excellent! you need to try this tea!
85 — very good! you should try this tea!
80-70 — I enjoyed this and will happily drink it again.
65-50 — Fine. Unremarkable.
45-35 — this wasn’t the worst drink ever but I was disappointed; it didn’t live up to my expectations at all.
30-0 — I didn’t enjoy this tea and that makes me sad.

MY TEASTORY:

Grandad got me started young, white (a LOT of white) Irish breakfast with two.

I never strayed far from that until the world of T2 Tea came to Brisbane some years ago, and now I don’t know what I’d do without a pantry full of tea options.

These days I prefer to drink my teas straight without sweetener (though I appreciate some black variations shine better with milk and/or a dash of honey/sugar), and I also love a speedy iced tea.

I’d love to make a bunch of tea friends on here, especially those who can talk Aussie teas with me. I’ve recently come back from a jaunt to North America and it was a real hoot to hit up DAVIDsTEA after reading so many reviews! I wish I’d had the chance to get to more stores… but I’m happy with what I got back past customs. See those teas and my local jams in my reviews.

THE ANTI-GOOD: LICORICE ROOT

Location

Hobart, Australia

Website

http://tasmemia.com

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